Definition of amen in English:



  • 1Uttered at the end of a prayer or hymn, meaning ‘so be it’.

    • ‘I am He that liveth and was dead and behold, I am alive forever more amen.’
    • ‘I ask this in the wonderful name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus, in whose name I pray, amen.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, since his intention was toward God, and we hear the entire blessing from his mouth, we respond amen.’
    • ‘We look to you for help and strength and ask you to minister comfort and strength to each these families today in the lovely name of Jesus, we pray, amen.’
    • ‘When we say the act of contrition, at least the old act of contrition, in the Catholic Church, we say, ‘I firmly resolve, with the help of thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life, amen.’’
    • ‘For what we are about the receive, may the lord make us truly thankful, amen.’
    • ‘And we don't know the future, but we know you hold it so we trust you and we ask you to just work a miracle in Jesus's name, amen.’
    • ‘Help me by the power of the Holy Spirit, to seek your presence, and help me Lord to be aware of your presence, as you continue to fill me with your complete joy, in Jesus wonderful name I pray, amen!’
    • ‘I hope you are alright, your family loves you, please come home, amen.’
    • ‘‘Name of Jesus, amen,’ he said as he lifted himself into the bed.’
    • ‘But what should matter is that I am here and amen, amen, amen.’
    • ‘I've found it in my heart to forgive you, praise Jesus, amen.’
    • ‘Change me Lord, for your glory and for the extension of your Kingdom, in Jesus wonderful and mighty name I pray, amen!’
    1. 1.1 Used to express agreement or assent.
      ‘amen to that!’
      • ‘And would you amen that James Baker, even though you were at the hospital?’
      • ‘To this I can add little but an amen, and my wish that all forms of low-tech games, not just pen and paper ones, will grow and spread.’
      • ‘In the summer of 1997 he scheduled me an interview with the group, my favorite band of all time in the whole universe, amen.’
      • ‘According to him, Morris is nothing less than ‘our greatest living Englishman‘- amen to that.’
      • ‘I said, "Amen to that", slightly under my breath, thinking to myself that I didn't really fit the bill.’
      • ‘Well, I guess somebody should say amen to that one.’
      • ‘The part about fighter pilots is wrong; to the rest of the sentence, I say amen!’
      • ‘It's nice to have someone who actually believes in what he's running on and who can explain himself well and, if he has the added qualities of being charming and a brilliant extemporaneous speaker as the Reverend Sharpton does, amen.’
      • ‘If it has to be, amen, but that would also be the end to my personal unanswered prayer.’
      • ‘And if following Jesus' example will help someone eat better, we say, amen!’


  • An utterance of ‘amen’.

    • ‘Our amens spoken, the mother looked at me and smiled.’
    • ‘In one amen the cake was gone and the party began.’
    • ‘If only we could learn to be still before adding our 'Amens'.’
    • ‘The throng surrounding them shouted affirming hallelujahs and amens, flapping and singing, rattling their tambourines and bleating their horns.’
    • ‘The reporter observed that this comment was met with amens and hallelujahs.’
    • ‘The amens became more frequent and much louder.’
    • ‘The audience could hear every word, and the harmony was so rich, so compelling, that the congregation sat on the edges of their seats, amens and applause at the ready.’
    • ‘After the last amen, the chatter broke out around the table again.’
    • ‘Neither of them can concentrate long enough to finish a prayer, unless they hurry to the amen.’
    • ‘I just looked around the whole time, and then heard everyone repeat amen, so I did the same.’
    • ‘The rabbinic visions of blessings and amens is expressed by the verse: the King's glory is in the multitude of the nation.’
    • ‘I remember periods of quietness broken by screams and chants, followed by the shaking of bodies and the amens.’
    • ‘And we can share loving, supportive amens, praying that one another's petitions come true, adding our voices to each other's grateful thanksgivings.’
    • ‘If one prays, blessed is God who heals the sick, then those who respond amen add their prayer, too, that God heal the suffering.’
    • ‘Recited as a mantra, for example, at the beginning and end of prayers - something approximating the Christian amen but much more important - it is a sound that expresses the divine.’


Old English, from ecclesiastical Latin, from Greek amēn, from Hebrew 'āmēn ‘truth, certainty’, used adverbially as expression of agreement, and adopted in the Septuagint as a solemn expression of belief or affirmation.